Resilient Tampa Bay 2011 is an exciting opportunity for Tampa Bay professionals and residents to exchange ideas with professionals from The Netherlands in developing resiliency plans for the Tampa Bay region. The three-day workshop will focus on creating a vibrant and sustainable region by preparing for events such as hurricanes and flooding, while also incorporating long-term adaptation to impacts like sea level rise.
Workshop participants will develop recommendations for:
- protecting vital infrastructure and transportation;
- preparing for storm surge and sea level rise;
- improving economic development;
- reducing inland flooding;
- preserving natural habitats and Gulf beaches;
- avoiding and planning for accidents or spill recovery; and
- minimizing impacts from hurricanes and other natural disasters.
The organizers have identified three goals for the workshop:
1. Promote greater understanding of the vulnerability of Tampa Bay to three water threats (flooding from precipitation, storm surges and sea level rise).
2. Recommend flood control practices within a framework of integral water and land management including the Dutch concept of "living with water."
3. Develop concrete recommendations for improving water resiliency for the Tampa Bay region using input from local and Dutch experts.
Resilient Tampa Bay is free and open to the public but attendees must RSVP with Bessie Skoures.
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